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Need an assist for a smoker purchase

dave in indiana

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I currently don't have a smoker. I have a 22 inch Weber and I use my kitchen stove. I like to make venison snack sticks, summer sausage, and jerky - but would probably venture out to other smoked meats if I had better equipment.

With snack sticks I need to start off at low temps - like 120 degrees F. and I'm not sure there's a smoker out there that goes that low without a mod or vent adjustment.

So, with a budget of around $500 what would you suggest?

I only posted this in the electric smoker section because it seems to get the most activity, but not opposed to charcoal or gas. I am currently looking at the camp chef XXL WIFI Vertical Smoker and/or the masterbuilt models. But, the reviews are all over the board. I realize this is like, which is better? Chevy or Ford - but any advice would be appreciated.

Thanks!
 

smokerjim

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All I could say is I'm happy with my mes 30 after 7 years, just wish I got the 40 though.
 

JLeonard

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Welcome to the boards. Lots of guys here love their elec smokers. I'm sure you will have a TON of suggestions soon.
Jim
 

mike243

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there is not another smoker that will run low temps like the electric smokers and look at the temp range close, my MES is a first generation and it will run 100-275 , have read others have temps up to 375.
 

zwiller

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MES is a sausage machine. I think Cabela's might still be running a sale on it for $139.
 

jcam222

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I have quite a collection of smokers but if I wanted to focus just on low temp smoking for sausage, jerky , bacon etc an MES would be my choice and you will get in way under $500. Note they also sell a cold smoke attachment that allows you to smoke with no heat in the chamber.
 

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